Second ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Exec Producer Fired After HR Complaint

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“NCIS: New Orleans” executive producer Adam Targum has been fired following an HR complaint and investigation, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.

According to Vulture, the complaint was made earlier this month, with Targum being fired Jan. 25. Sources told Vulture the former EP — who was second in command for showrunner Christopher Silber — is known for bullying on set and the HR department was informed that several members of the writing staff had problems with Targum.

CBS declined TheWrap’s request for comment on the nature of the complaint and who made it.

Also Read: ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Producer Brad Kern Fired by CBS After Investigation

Targum’s exit from the show follows that of former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern last October, following a third misconduct investigation.

“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ and his overall deal with the studio,” a representative for the studio said in a statement at the time.

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Return Holds Steady; ‘The Gifted’ Back To Series Lows

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On a quiet New Year’s Day, Fox’s Lethal Weapon (0.7, 3.368M) and The Gifted (0.5, 1.740M) returned to lead the network to No. 1 for the night in the demo, and among younger age brackets including adults 18-34 and teens…
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‘FBI’ Has Strong Week 2 Retention As CBS Dramas & ‘Lethal Weapon’ Hold Up Well

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‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Producer Brad Kern Fired By CBS After Investigation

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CBS Television Studios has fired former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern following a third misconduct investigation, the studio said Tuesday.

“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ and his overall deal with the studio,” a representative for the studio said in a statement.

Kern had twice previously been investigated internally at the studio, but for the third investigation, spurred by further reports of harassment and verbally abusive behavior toward women, CBS brought in outside counsel.

Also Read: CBS Entertainment Boss on New Brad Kern Investigation: ‘I Believe They Will Get to the Truth’

The new investigation came shortly after CBS Studios signed a new two-year deal with the producer and chose to keep him on board as a consulting producer on the procedural despite replacing him as showrunner.

Earlier this summer, CBS Entertainment boss Kelly Kahl said he had confidence the investigation would “get to the truth” of the matter.

“CBS Studios investigated Brad Kern in 2016,” Kahl said at the time. “Action was taken after that investigation and, you know, there have been no complaints since. I’m troubled and frustrated that reports continue to come out in the press.”

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Kern’s dismissal.

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Geoffrey Owens Lands Role on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

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Geoffrey Owens has landed another acting gig after being job-shamed  for working at Trader Joe’s in between acting jobs.

The former “Cosby Show” actor will play the role of Commander Adams on the CBS drama “NCIS: New Orleans,” a rep for CBS confirmed to TheWrap on Tuesday. Adams is described as “an old and valued friend who Pride goes to for both medical and spiritual advice.”

Owens will appear in the sixth episode of the upcoming Season 5, which will air in late October. “Still emotionally reeling following his brush with death in the season finale/season premiere, Pride consults his friend, Commander Adams, on what could be causing his current symptoms and what his next course of action should be,” the logline for the episode reads.

Also Read: Geoffrey Owens Accepts Role on Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and Have Nots’

“For Commander Adams, we needed someone with compassion, competence, and heart. That’s Geoffrey in a nutshell,” executive producer Christopher Silber said in a statement to TheWrap. “An accomplished actor who seemed like the perfect fit to add to our extended repertory company. We’re lucky to have him on the show.”

Owens is up for a busy fall, considering he also recently accepted a 10-episode arc on Tyler Perry’s drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN.

Perry offered Owens a job after the former “Cosby Show” actor made headlines after a woman photographed him bagging groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s. The photo led to a wider conversation about work ethic and job-shaming.

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#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist,” Tyler Perry said on Twitter last week, referring to “The Haves and the Have Nots.” The drama is currently in its sixth season on the network.

Owens called Perry’s offer “generous” in an interview with TheWrap on Thursday.

“It was really generous of him to do that and to do that so publicly,” Owens said of the prolific producer. “It was very bold and courageous and generous of him.”

Also Read: Geoffrey Owens Says Lost ‘Cosby Show’ Residuals a Factor in His Trader Joe’s Job

Owens has been applauded for his attitude toward his work ethic, and said earlier in the week that he doesn’t want an acting gig just because of his unexpected time in the limelight.

“I wouldn’t mind getting auditions … but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened. I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job,” Owens said on “Good Morning America” last week.

He added that “there is no job that’s better than another job,” he continued. “It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”

Also Read: Geoffrey Owens Chokes Up Over Son’s ‘Beautiful’ Reaction to Trader Joe’s Job-Shaming

Owens played Elvin Tibideaux on the “Cosby Show” on the final five seasons of the hit sitcom from 1985 to 1992. He has said since coming into the spotlight that lost residuals from the show after several networks pulled reruns after accusations of rape against Bill Cosby surfaced.

Cosby, who has denied any wrongdoing, was convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from the accusations of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Owens is repped by Semler Entertainment and Bret Adams Agency.

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CBS Entertainment Boss on New Brad Kern Investigation: ‘I Believe They Will Get to the Truth’

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CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl addressed the state of the studio’s most recent misconduct investigation into former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern, during his executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour Sunday.

“CBS Studios investigated Brad Kern in 2016,” Kahl told reporters. “Action was taken after that investigation and, you know, there have been no complaints since. I’m troubled and frustrated that reports continue to come out in the press. And because of that we’ve opened up another investigation with outside counsel. The goal of any investigation, internal or external, is to get to the truth, and I believe they will get to truth.”

Kern’s investigation wasn’t the only one Kahl fielded questions about this morning, following the accusations of sexual misconduct posed against CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves by six women in a New Yorker story last month.

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“Leslie has been an excellent boss and mentor for a long time. And he put me in this job,” said Kahl. But he noted that “all allegations need to be and are being taken seriously.”

Kahl added that women in the upper ranks of the company have approached him “dismayed” by the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moonves, telling him, “this does not represent their experience at CBS.” 

In June, a CBS TV Studios rep told TheWrap Kern was under investigation for the third time at the studio, this time by outside counsel.

Also Read: Kelly Kahl Says Female CBS Execs Were ‘Dismayed’ by Les Moonves Accusations: ‘Not Their Experience’

“The 2016 allegations concerning Mr. Kern were acted upon immediately with a thorough investigation and subsequent disciplinary action to address behavior and management issues,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement at the time.

“We have received no further complaints since this action was implemented,” the statement continued. “In addition, Mr. Kern agreed to step down from his leadership position as showrunner this season and transition to a consulting producer role. We now believe this matter merits further inquiry and therefore we have engaged outside counsel to review both the original investigation as well as the current situation.”

The new investigation comes as CBS Studios recently signed a new two-year deal with Kern, who will remain in a consulting role on “NCIS: New Orleans,” even after he was replaced as showrunner by Chris Silber in May.

Also Read: Ex-‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner Brad Kern Faces Third Misconduct Investigation

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement last year when the accusations against Kern first surfaced. “Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

The studio’s investigation found that Kern had made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments to his co-workers — however, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias.

CBS mandated sensitivity training for Kern and assured his staff that “appropriate” action had been taken to address the issues.

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CBS Hires Outside Counsel To Review ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Producer Brad Kern Harassment Investigation

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Even as CBS Television Studios has inked a new two-year deal with NCIS: New Orleans consulting producer Brad Kern, the studio has hired outside counsel to review a previous internal investigation into allegations against Kern of harassment and a hostile work environment, Deadline has confirmed.
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Ex-‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner Brad Kern Faces Third Misconduct Investigation

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Former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern is under investigation for the third time, a CBS TV Studios rep told TheWrap.

Kern has already been investigated internally at the studio twice, but this time, outside counsel has been hired to run the investigation.

“The 2016 allegations concerning Mr. Kern were acted upon immediately with a thorough investigation and subsequent disciplinary action to address behavior and management issues,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement Friday.

“We have received no further complaints since this action was implemented,” the statement continued. “In addition, Mr. Kern agreed to step down from his leadership position as showrunner this season and transition to a consulting producer role. We now believe this matter merits further inquiry and therefore we have engaged outside counsel to review both the original investigation as well as the current situation.”

Also Read: Brad Kern Out as ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner After Misconduct Investigations

The new investigation comes as CBS Studios recently signed a new two-year deal with Kern, who will remain in a consulting role on “NCIS: New Orleans” even after he was replaced as showrunner by Chris Silber last month. A rep for Kern did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement last year when the accusations against Kern first surfaced. “Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

The studio’s investigation found that Kern had made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments to his co-workers — however, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias.

CBS mandated sensitivity training for Kern and assured his staff that “appropriate” action had been taken to address the issues.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news of Kern’s third investigation and new two-year deal.

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Brad Kern Out as ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner After Misconduct Investigations

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Brad Kern has stepped down as showrunner for CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” following a pair of misconduct investigations conducted at the series’ studio. Kern had been accused of contributing to a hostile work environment.

Kern, who stays aboard as a consultant, will be replaced as the top executive producer by Chris Silber, who has been on the procedural since 2015.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement last year. “Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

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The investigation found that Kern had made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments to his coworkers. However, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias.

CBS mandated sensitivity training for Kern, and assured his staff that “appropriate” action had been taken to address the issues.

This time around, CBS Television Studios declined comment when reached by TheWrap.

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Brad Kern Steps Down As ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner After Misconduct Investigations, Chris Silber Replaces Him

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Brad Kern is exiting his role as executive producer/showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans. He will serve as consultant on the series going forward. NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Chris Silber has been named new showrunner.
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CBS Renews ‘Survivor,’ ‘The Amazing Race,’ 9 More Series

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CBS has renewed 11 series, including “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Hawaii Five-0,” the network announced Wednesday.

Additional series getting another season are “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” “MacGyver,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” NCIS: New Orleans,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

Combined with previously announced pick-ups, CBS now has 17 series in their 2018-2019 slate, including its entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups. The network previously announced that “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “MOM,” “NCIS,” “Seal Team” and “S.W.A.T.” received renewals.

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As far as pilots go, the network has ordered eight comedy pilots, including the revival of “Murphy Brown.” Other comedy pilots include “25,” “Fam,” “History of Them,” “I Mom So Hard,” “Pandas in New York,” “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” and the untitled Austen Earl and Tim McAuliffe project.

CBS drama pilots in the works include the “Cagney and Lacey” reboot starring Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd, “Chiefs,” “The Code,” “F.B.I.,” “God Friended Me,” “LA Confidential,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Main Justice,” “Murder” and “Red Line.”

See our complete 2018 pilot grid over here.

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Shalita Grant Says Farewell To ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ In Her Final Episode

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NRA’s Dana Loesch, Sitcom Star? ‘NCIS’ Producer Says He Got The Pitch

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Dana Loesch, the conservative radio host who spoke for the NRA at this week’s CNN town hall on gun violence – and got a laugh-free response of hisses, boos and groans – once wanted to be a sitcom star. Yes, the woman who told CNN it “loves mass shootings” and that “crying white mothers are ratings gold” apparently sees herself as some sort of right-wing Mary Richards.
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